30A Wine Festival 2014

Wine lovers will gather in Alys Beach for the fourth annual 30A Wine Festival Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Alys Beach, one of the unique beach communities located on Scenic Highway 30A, will welcome renowned vintners and local culinary favorites for a three-day celebration benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

The full schedule includes:

Friday, March 6:

Sip ‘N Slide, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Kelly Green: Sip ‘N Slide your way into Bourbon, Beer & Butts with barbecue sliders and an exclusive bourbon tasting led by Honorary Master of Whiskey Chris Woodard. He’ll talk you through the nuances of three bourbons – Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year, and Bulleit Rye – as you enjoy delicious barbecue sliders. Space is limited and tickets are $40 per person in addition to the purchase of a ticket to Bourbon, Beer & Butts. Guests must be 21 and up to attend.

Bourbon, Beer & Butts, 6-9 p.m. at Kelly Green: The festival kicks off with a night of bourbon, beer, and barbecue tastings. Featuring distilleries from across the country, local breweries, and barbecue from local pitmasters, the event invites attendees to eat and drink while listening to live music from singer-songwriter Eric Lindell. Admission is included in the purchase of a weekend pass or individual tickets can be purchased for $60. Tickets are limited.

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eric-lindell30A Radio recently sat down to chat with Eric Lindell, one of 30A’s favorite and most talented musicians.

Lindell tells how he first came to 30A, borrowed a surfboard and fell in love with the place. He also talks about his musical influences when he was growing up, where to find the best waves along 30A, and his brand new album, “The Sun and Sea,” set to release in April.

Listen to the full interview below, and don’t miss Lindell’s live show at the big Bourbon, Beer and Butts and 30A Wine Festival event at Alys Beach this Friday, March 6th!


This week, 30A Radio’s DAWN PATROL sat down to chat with Phil McDonald, Executive Chef at Bud and Alley’s Pizza Bar in Seaside.

We talk with Chef Phil about what it was like to grow up in Destin, his work in kitchens in Portland, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York City, his passion for fresh ingredients, and we convince him to tell us a couple of the best surf breaks along Scenic Highway 30A. Music by Kurt Vile. Promo photo by Sean Murphy Photography.


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Oli Petit sits at the bar at the new Destin Diner. Photo by Jackie Ward.

Oli Petit of Red Bar and the new Destin Diner. Photo by Jacqueline Ward Images.

As is his style, Oli Petit, owner of the wildly successful Red Bar in Grayton Beach, has taken a run-down, abandoned building and given it new life as a unique establishment for eating and drinking.

This time, he’s set up shop in the stainless steel diner in Destin that for years sat empty and exposed to the elements. On Monday, after about six months of work, The Destin Diner officially opened for business, welcoming customers with textured-marble floors, red-cushioned booths, detailed tile- and wood-work and plenty of pop culture tacked to the walls.

The building had been closed for over seven years and completely left alone since then. When Petit set to work on it, the sky could be seen through most of the roof.

“It was wrecked, and when I tell you that, I’m not exaggerating,” Petit said of the abandoned diner. “This place was a complete disaster.”

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PicMonkey Collage

This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Northwest Florida-style with a parade and party at Gulf Place. The party kicks off Saturday, March 14th at noon with the parade at 2 p.m. Proceeds support breast cancer charity, Fore Her, and Alaqua Animal Refuge.

The family-friendly event includes a ‘wee folk’ area containing costume prizes for fairy princesses and pirates, along with ‘Pot O’ Gold’ treasure hunts, face painting and much more. Top notch Celtic entertainment will also be on hand all day with Dismal Creek, Drake School of Irish Dance, Cleghorn and Canadian sensation, Searson.

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ECCAC Golf Classic 2014

Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s Golf Classic 2014

Mark your calendars now for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual Kieran May Memorial Golf and Gala Weekend, March 7-8.

The weekend kicks off with the Gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Guests will enjoy a fun black tie and Roaring 20s-theme dinner with music, dancing, live and silent auctions, and a cork wine pull. A live auction will include sought-after items such as a trip to the Kentucky Derby; CBS Sports golf package with the winner’s pick of a golf tournament with the announcers; and a vacation home in San Miguel.

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